Have you been putting off doing your health care directive? Here’s an easy way to check it off your to-do list! Winona Health Volunteers invite community members to a free informational program about health care directives (also called advance directives) on Monday, July 16, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Parkview Conference Room on the hospital first floor at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona.
The primary purpose of a health care directive is to allow people to stay in control of their care, even if they lose the ability to communicate. A properly completed health care directive is a legal document, but completing a directive does not require a lawyer. Winona Health Volunteers certified to facilitate this program will provide the authorized forms. Sessions cover health care directives for residents of Minnesota and Wisconsin.
A follow-up session will be held on Monday, July 30, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the same location for those who have attended a health care directives informational session but have questions or would like assistance in completing their directive or to have a facilitator review their directive.
There is no cost to complete a health care directive and the program is open to all. No advanced registration is required. Everyone age 18 and older is encouraged to complete a health care directive.
Certified health care directive volunteers are also available to give presentations to community groups. For more information, call the Winona Health Volunteer Services office at 507-457-4342.